A new island emerged in the South Pacific Ocean after an underwater volcano erupted. Though it has not been named as yet, the island is located close to the Tonga Islands and has more than 8 acres of land.
Reports from Baller Alert outlined that satellite images shows the island’s formation as it becomes increasingly apparent. Meanwhile, the volcano is situated near a seamount called Home Reef, where the Earth’s largest concentration of underwater volcanoes is found.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) reported that islands created by volcanic activity might last for several years, but they usually do not last very long. Home Reef has created islands five times during the past century, some of these islands are between 50 to 70 meters in height.
According to Science Alert, a small lagoon was discovered on one of the islands in 1984 and before the new island formed, lava and rock fragments were spotted in the water approximately 25 kilometers southwest of Late Island.
A statement was issued by Tonga Geological Services (TGS) on September 20, informing the public about how threatening the volcano is, it stated, “The volcano poses low risks to the aviation community and the residents of Vava’u and Ha’apai.” It further instructed mariners that they should, “sail beyond 4 kilometres away from Home Reef until further notice.”
Baller Alert reported that no volcanic ash or steam has been recently spotted in this section of Home Reef.
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